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Mentone Station now improved thanks to the $115 million Frankston line upgrade

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October 09, 2014

• Mentone Station passengers to benefit from station safety and amenity improvements
• Works will enable X’Trapolis trains to run on the line by the end of 2014
• Network Status Boards coming to all stations on the Frankston line
Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson today welcomed the improvements being made at Mentone Station as part of the $115 million Bayside Rail Project.
Mr Thompson said the project would provide a better customer experience and prepare the line for the arrival of new X’Trapolis trains - the newest and fastest trains on Melbourne’s rail network.
“The $115 million Bayside Rail Project will improve reliability and punctuality of services and pave the way for more services so that more people can comfortably take the train.
“The project is well underway, with vital works to upgrade rail infrastructure to allow for the introduction of X’Trapolis trains progressing well.
“X’Trapolis trains will begin running on the Frankston line by the end of 2014, ahead of the eight brand new X’Trapolis trains arriving in late 2015,” he said.
Mr Thompson inspected the new and improved safety features which have been completed at Mentone Station as part of the first stage of station improvement works, together with the Friends of Mentone Station and Gardens group. 
“Mentone Station has been upgraded with safety features such as new raised tactile indicators along the platform’s safety line, safety zones and improved CCTV camera coverage.
“By early next year, Mentone Station will also have additional shelter over platforms and walkways, extra myki readers and new fencing along the platforms.
“The works at Mentone are a great example of the types of upgrades that customers are seeing at stations along the Frankston line as a result of the Bayside Rail Project.
“I would also like to thank the Friends of Mentone Station and Gardens for the exceptional job they do to improve and maintain the safety and appearance of Mentone Station.
“It’s great to have them here today to see how the station is being upgraded as part of this important project,” Mr Thompson said.
Mr Thompson said that customer information had also been improved at the station following the installation of a new network status board earlier this year.
“Network status boards provide accurate and up-to-date information about any delays affecting other rail, tram or bus lines across Victoria.
“Customers at Mentone Station are now able to make more informed decisions and better plan their public transport journeys.
“This is an exciting new initiative and stations on the Frankston line are the first to receive them,” Mr Thompson said.
Bayside Rail Project works in progress along the Frankston line include:

• Upgrading tracks
• Upgrading the power supply to trains
• Repairing overhead wires
• Upgrading train signalling
• Improving safety at stations
• Re-painting at stations and level crossings
In the second half of this year, customer will start seeing the second stage of works, including:

• Installation of extra CCTV cameras on platforms
• Extra platform shelters and covered walkways to provide better shelter from the rain and sun
• New white lighting in and around stations
• New network status boards and next-service information displays to provide real-time updates about train arrivals and network-wide performance.
For more information on the Bayside Rail Project please visit ptv.vic.gov.au/baysiderail, call 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily) or email ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au.